Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13

Du Plessis appointed full-time T20 captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 20, 2013

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Captain Faf du Plessis guided the run chase, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20 international, Durban, December 21, 2012
Faf du Plessis has taken over the T20 captaincy from AB de Villiers © AFP

Faf du Plessis, the South Africa batsman, has been appointed full-time Twenty20 captain, beginning with the matches against Pakistan, after AB de Villiers requested to stand down from the role. The development means South Africa will have a different captain for each format, with Graeme Smith leading the Test side, de Villiers the ODI team and du Plessis the T20 side.

Jacques Kallis was once again rested from the limited-overs squads to play Pakistan - he had missed the games against New Zealand too - as South Africa seek to manage his workload. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said Hashim Amla had asked for a break from T20 cricket this year to focus on the other two formats and so was left out of the squad, as was Dale Steyn, who was also rested.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel, who will miss the third Test in Centurion because of a hamstring injury sustained at Newlands, was named in the ODI squad but will be replaced by the uncapped Kyle Abbott for the T20 matches. Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who is missing the Tests against Pakistan because of an ankle injury, was also named in both limited-overs squads.

Henry Davids, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris and Quinton de Kock, who made their T20 debuts against New Zealand, were retained in the squad, but wicketkeeper de Kock lost his ODI spot to David Miller. De Villiers will keep wicket in the ODIs.

"AB has expressed that sometimes he feels that he is not sure about T20 cricket so we have decided to give Faf the leadership," South Africa coach Gary Kirsten said. "The decision to make AB keep again is because we feel that is our strongest combination. Quinton de Kock will learn from the chances he had and he will be back at some point.

Du Plessis had filled in for de Villiers as captain during the T20 series against New Zealand at home as well, after de Villiers cited the need for rest because of his workload, which includes wicketkeeping.

"Handing Faf the T20 captaincy is an exciting option for us to explore our leadership resources," Kirsten said. "He showed a lot of potential during the series against New Zealand in both the T20 and ODI formats, and this will be another great opportunity for him to work on his role as a leader.

"Having three captains also allows us to spread the resources among our three formats, with Graeme (Smith) and AB also providing the ideal support in the Test and ODI formats. This is an important year for our limited-overs squads and this new direction is an exciting step forward."

The Champions Trophy during the summer in England is the next major ODI tournament and Kirsten said South Africa had a settled team for that campaign. "The balancing has been tried to rest players to explore a couple of new guys. We've got a strong team [for the Pakistan series]," Kirsten said. "It's only Jacques Kallis who does not get considered and JP [Duminy] who is injured. I am negotiating with Kallis around involvement in the Champions Trophy and he has expressed interest in it. We would look to play him in a major trophy."

ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Twenty20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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Posted by AKS286 on (February 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@ Smahuta on (February 21, 2013, 19:07 GMT) I agree about kallis ODIs matches after WC. if kallis is going to play Next WC then he will be in the regular Odis matches, IF he is not going to play the next WC then he must retire from ODIs. SA is not rotating their bowler as AUS does. Because the bench bowler are also injured (tsotsobe, de lange) thats why Klienveldt & abott is having chances.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

50 over cricket is like asking footballers to play a 7 aside world cup. Its just not the true test of who the best is. Fun as 50 over is TEST CRICKET is the true test.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 21, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@Nick636 Winning begets winning. A Team that gets used to losing will keep losing. The ICC tournament is very close now and the world cup not long after that. Kallis is irreplaceable, no point trying to find someone to fill his shoes. Is he going to turn up at the world cup having not played a single ODI for 2 years or so? Not smart imo. As for rotating bowlers, not smart either, they never get into the groove properly. It just seems to me that they don't take ODI's seriously enough, and then we all wonder why they cant win a series at home, never mind an ICC trophy.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@Lahore-Badshah on (February 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT) are you serious spin theory applies on every team but not for SA. check out their history. and imp. thing is that AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (steyn, morkrl, phil, tsot, de lange) can destroy any fortress anywhere , any pitch against any team.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

With this ODI team SA never prepared for WC. SA need kallis in Odis. klienveldt not impressive. his bowling action is exposive. Mclaren & albie not proved there all round qualities. SA need one test allrounder like or upto legendry kallis. I remember those players one of fav. allrounder B.Macmillan, kalis, klusener, cronje, etc

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Ohh i worry that this will not hamper his test batting. what about duminy? he is the good option or Ontong. MY t20 team- Bodi, Elgar, Bosmann/duminy, Faf, D.Miller, ontong (cap), de Kock, phasingo, tsotsobe, alfonso thomas, Cornelius de Villiers. FaF is a very promising player, now he is an imp. member of the NO.1 team.

Posted by Cricinforma on (February 21, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

The very talented Waleed Wayne Parnell deserves a spot in the limited overs side, man he is an admirable swing bowler.When Waleed hits that ball out of the park, its stays hit. The man can clear the park. Waleed, stay confident you will make that side soon, god willing. Waleed still remains the youngest South African to ever have recieved an international contract. Albie morkel is also another match winner on his day.

Posted by Nick636 on (February 21, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

@ Smahuta

Where do you get that they're trying to win World Cup with this side? That has not been mentioned ONCE! The thing is that they NEED to start fielding the younger guys, they NEED to find possible replacements for Kallis etc.

And that is a lot of talent. I don't agree with Quinton losing his ODI spot, or with BEHARDIEN'S selection. (Gawd knows how he gets in there).

Posted by Smahuta on (February 21, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

And they are looking to win the world cup with this squad? What a joke, they are setting themselves up for failure with this side. Why do they never play their strongest squad and keep with them? . I've got to agree that AB should not be captain, he doesnt have a clue really. De Kock should be in the ODI squad giving him experience for getting him into the test side. Dont think Ill be watching the ODI series, cant bear the pain of losing before we start playing.

Posted by djdrastic on (February 21, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

How does Behardien keep getting selected ?

Posted by Lahore-Badshah on (February 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

LOL. Its too early to say SA win T20 World cup in Bang. Especially in Bang with spinners doing all the damage and clearly for africa spin is ...................... Hell...

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

FAF du Plessis looks same as MS Dhoni. Both made scores in tests to save the test match (Dhoni ag Eng in 2007 1st match) (Faf ag Aus in 2012) and there respective teams have won that series . Also by this performance (for Faf competition was too tough to get into team ) (for Dhoni was in poor form before he made 76* to make sure it was draw and he retained his place next match India won). After that instances they both became captains of T20 teams......India won in 2007 Will SA win in 2014 (World t20 in Bang)?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 20, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

I am a Saffa and that ODI team looks rubbish, set for failure. And same squad that lost to the kiwis. The T20 side looks much better with management using some of the abundant talent we have in SA. Morris and Abbott should be in the ODI team too, kleiveld and mclaren are useless along with bernhadien.

De Kock should be in the ODI squad, im sick of CSA pandering over ABs requests. AB worried that he will not be involved enough in the game if not keeping. Why is he captain anyway, clearly not good at it.. De Kock is a better batsman than miller even without the pads!!!!!!! What more does the kid need to do!!! Cricinfo pls publish!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

@jonesy2: Did you say faf was ordinary when he denied australia victory?

Posted by cricket-india on (February 20, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

ABde is clearly a reluctant leader, like amla and kallis. give creidt to him for owning it up and ask him openly if he's ok with being the odi captain as well; if he says no, give it to faf. show some of the guts that were evident when graeme smith was thrust into leadership 8 yrs ago - or was it desperation back then?

Posted by Mitch1066 on (February 20, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Well done faf . Faf is got asking of very good player at all formats . And looks like he be good captain. Though avb best batsmen I think your under valuing your amla who is pure class or kallis

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Hahaha jonesy's up to his ridiculous old statements again, I do believe du plessis saw off your so treasured Aussie attack fairly well, 78, 110*, 78*, and 27 against you to save 1 game, and win another? Woeful depth? Okay, if you say so, I'm sure you're absolutely correct...

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (February 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

is Albie Morkel out of form? injured? not considered anymore for SA?

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 20, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

I was just watching some of SA's 'woeful depth' tonight. It was great to see De Lange back from injury and bowling at 150kph, hitting batsmen on the head. Hopefully he now stays injury free longer than an Aussie bowler.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 20, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

sa still got long way to go in t20. they were thoroughly beaten in all matches in t20 world cup , hope they produce better team in next t20 world cups.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 20, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Hey Jonesy, still bitter about getting hammered in the test series I see? du plessis is so ordinary Aus could not get him out. Shows how mediocre the aussie attack are, needing to be rested after bowling a few overs in the sun. better packa lot of spares for India because they might need to bowl a few overs there too.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (February 20, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

@SwamiCricketanand Stop overreacting! Pasan is not that far off the mark with that comment. Since 2008,AB has the 2nd highest average in Tests(61.32) and highest average in ODIs(60.72) in that period with a minimum qualification of 2000 runs. He is the only batsman to have 60+ average in both formats since 2008. He also has 22 centuries in that period which is joint 3rd highest since 2008. I think he has been among the Top 3 batsman in the World in the last 5 years and even the ICC rankings show this where he is ranked 2nd in ODIs and 4th in Tests. So your sarcastic comment failed to prove anything other than the fact that you haven't watch cricket recently!

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 20, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

south africa has woeful "depth". chris morris, phangiso? henry davids? de kock is a good young player though he should be in the test team ahead of du plessis and elgar thats for sure both of them are ordinary.

Posted by atif83 on (February 20, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

marlon17 :You will see Albie very soon in IPL.

Posted by bipulkumar on (February 20, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

What a quick accession from team regular to captain. Way to go Faf.

Posted by Robster1 on (February 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

A step in the right direction - & now in Botha's absence return the ODI captainancy to Smith through to the 2015 World Cup.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Agreed - I don't think ABdV is gonna cut it as a limited over capt - maybe vice captain will suit him better.

But anyway, SA need to start winning consistently in both forms - too long been an also ran at these versions.

nd dunno why they persist with McLaren - he seems to be all over the show withhis bowling and his batting is no better than a decent tailender. Much better to see Morris in the team or another.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (February 20, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

@Pasan Chamikara: Yes you are on the spot.AB is the best batsman on the planet. Others like Kallis, Tendulkar,Ponting ,Hussey and others are just another regular breed. AB is a special breed. Hope he breaks the Bradman mark of 99.94 and goes to 99.99!!!!!!!!!!!! Any other batsman do you know who is the best on planet after AB? Faf Du Plessis may be ?

Posted by marlon17 on (February 20, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

where is Albie Morkel..?????????? :O

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

It's only a matter with the dual role AB has got in the team. I guess Ab must step down as the keeper.Because I guess he is the best batsman in the world. and he is a brilliant fielder too.But as a keeper we couldnt see such performances from him. AB might not be a great leader like Smith for SA.Bt he is areal fighter.Hope he'll return strongly in the ODIs

Posted by SanatAttavar on (February 20, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Great! Good for Faf - CONGRATS. Wish him all the luck. Hope he just takes it easy on the job and looks at it as just another role than break his head sweating over it.

Posted by ezaad on (February 20, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

@Grant King. I agree Vernon is excellent, but wont be considered for the other formats considering is physical condition. Moosajee described his condition as chronic. SA most probably adopting JK's workload management policy for Vern. So he can be super hot in tests.

Posted by venkatr_11 on (February 20, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

I wonder why Imran Tahir is not considered for any format! He played 4 matches in the 2011 world cup and returned with 13 scalps and after that he has not been considered in ODI's. SA need an attacking spinner and it is a pity Tahir is not being reconsidered.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 20, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@grant king I disagree. He is a wonderfully good long format player but isnt penetrative enough in limited overs. He has a tendency to be expensive in t20(most bowlers of his type go for runs in t20) and doesnt take as many wickets too. In 50 or 40 over cricket he is more economical but still doesnt take enough wickets.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

All sounds good and looks great. Ultimately all will be judged by success or failure on the pitch.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I would have just made Faf the captain of the 50 over and 20 over games. AB seems a reluctant leader who is too eager to please.

Faf comes across as born for this.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

I still feel that Vernie should be picked in all formats. He can play and his batting will be a big help. He is accurate with his bowling and would take wickets. Give the man the opportunity. thats it.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

AB can make great contributions as batsman / captain in alll the three formats provided he must give up wicket keeping.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Why on earth was de Kock dropped from the ODI squad? I know, to give AB a chance to keep wicket, which makes no sense at all.

Why is De Villiers still in charge of the ODI side? If he can't handle the T20, what is it about the 50 over version that makes that so much easier? He is admitting he's not up to the challenge of captaincy, so don't let him captain at any level. This is insane by CSA and once again panders to AB.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Great decision & example set once again by the South Africans. Wish both Indians & Pakistanis to set this example.

Posted by OnlyTestsMatter on (February 20, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

So relieved not to see Levi in the T20 squad! He summed up the phrase 'one hit wonder'.

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 20, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Who cares? Give us more Test matches.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Well Done! Go Saffas! Go Super King!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

gud decision

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